House Call Entertainment, Inc. Presents!
Polar Bear Club
Citizen, Diamond Youth, Sainthood Reps
2011 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60647
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 17 and over
Watch & Listen
Polar Bear Club
Genre: Alternative, Indie Rock
Similar to: The Story So Far, Brand New, Hot Water Music, Make Do and Mend
Polar Bear Club is an American post-hardcore/indie rock band from Syracuse, upstate New York. Formed in 2005, the band currently consists of vocalist Jimmy Stadt, lead guitarist Chris Browne, rhythm guitarist Nate Morris, bass guitarist Erik Michael "Goose" Henning and drummer Emmett Menke. In March 2008, a full-length record Sometimes Things Just Disappear was released via Red Leader Records. They took off on the road in support of the album, and by the year's end they had signed on with hardcore-leaning label Bridge Nine Records. Their second album, Chasing Hamburg, was released in the fall of 2009. They are currently doing a US tour, and directly after they're starting the DeathTourus with Citizen, Diamond Youth, and Sainthood Reps.
Slowly growing and changing since they first met as midwestern high-schoolers in 2009, Citizen have emerged today as one of underground alternative rock’s most promising bands. The band signed to Run For Cover Records in early 2012 and embarked on months of non-stop touring supporting their early EP ‘Young States’ and their critically-acclaimed split with Virginia’s Turnover. In Feburary 2013, the band entered Studio 4 with producer Will Yip to record their debut full-length, ‘Youth’.
From the first note of album opener ‘Roam The Room’, Youth’s massive, towering rock songs bleed emotion all the way through until the tape stops on closer ‘Drawn Out’. Citizen have called on the ghosts of Brand New’s ‘The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Of Me’ and early Nirvana, creating an engaging blend of aggression and ambiance. Beautifully harmonized half-shouted vocals along with fuzzy, reverbed-out leads lend weight to the album’s mood while also making it impossibly catchy. With speaker-blowing, guitar-driven, head-down melancholy, Citizen have arrived in 2013 poised to become the soundtrack to a new generation’s ‘Youth’.
Diamond Youth brings quite the diverse resumé to the table. Claiming Baltimore as their home, members of Diamond Youth are spread across Chicago as well, creating an obstacle in terms of actually practicing as a band. However, using tools of the trade such as 3-way iChat, garage band, and voice note files, Diamond Youth has released 3 EP's in their short tenure since the summer of 2010.
Despite the varying musical tastes of each member in Diamond Youth, they all share a very common back catalogue of bands who have inspired and defined their developing years as budding artists. From Weezer to Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and all the way back to the Beach Boys, the influence these bands had on Diamond Youth is ever-apparent in the music they write.
When it comes to what Diamond Youth has to offer, what you see is what you get; what you get is often times more than you can handle. With a rigorous background in art, design, and skateboarding, the boys of Diamond Youth are known for their ability to create and produce all of their own artwork, merchandise, web sites and videos. From silkscreen printing their own t-shirts, directing and editing their own music videos, to designing their own album art, Diamond Youth is a band that has a tight grip on their career and firmly believe in the DIY mentality which allows them to do all of this, and still give away their music for free.
On the upcoming release, guitarist Sam Trapkin says, "Putting out a new record is kind of like raising a kid and then sending it to school for the first time. Like, you think you did a good job raising it, and you have this really intimate relationship, then all the sudden they're out in the world meeting new people. And you know your kid doesn't stink but they're kind of different than the rest and you're really proud but what if everyone else hates them and think they suck? You know?"
Derrick Sherman is active touring guitarist in the indie rock band Brand New. Francesco Montesanto is active in his role as drummer for long island upstarts, Wee Hounds. Sainthood Reps was formed in february '09 while Brand New was home recording.
Their sound has been described as "delicately atmospheric and progressive yet rather heady indie rock"